Previously, Schwarz was the meteorologist at WNYW-TV in New York, N.Y., where he reported the weather for their 10 p.m. newscast (1993-95). Before that, he served as weekend meteorologist at KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in St. Paul, Minn.(1989-93).
Schwarz began his career as a weathercaster in his hometown of Flint, Mich, where he was the weekend meteorologist for WJRT-TV, the local ABC affiliate (1984-89). During this time, he also owned a forecasting service.
Schwarz earned his B. S. degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, and volunteers as an assistant coach for Youth Hockey.
Schwarz resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children.
It was a bumpy night across the Chicago area as storms rolled through, dropping heavy rain along with some really dramatic lightning shows.
King salmon has been one of the most popular catches for sport fishermen on Lake Michigan since it was introduced in the 1960s, but over the last few years, the population has dropped dramatically on the lake.
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With the spring storm season upon us, the ABC 7 team of meteorologists, Jerry Taft, Cheryl Scott, Tracy Butler, Phil Schwarz and the newest member, Larry Mowry, bring you 'Surviving the Storm'. During this half-hour special, they explain why severe weather happens, the tools they use to predict it and how to stay safe, when storms hit.
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